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Off the Square

114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
+1 704-986-0621
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (7 reviews)
“crab cakes” (15 reviews)
“salmon” (9 reviews)
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Wine Bar, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Used to be my favorite restaurant in Albemarle. No longer. The food is still good but the service is horrible. We were there for over an hour before we got our entre. They didn't have the beer I wanted and ran out of my second...More

Thank James N
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

James, please accept my sincerest apologies for your unsatisfactory experience. This is not at all what we strive for each and every day to deliver to our guests. Whilst we do have a very limited and rotating beer on tap assortment (which is generally appreciated...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

Off the Square is a very unique restaurant. It has a very eclectic feeling - chairs don't match, plates and cups don't match, etc... - but it works! The food is delicious and they have specials that change every month. A lot of their food...More

Thank SusanMallorie
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Deari Susan, we truly appreciate this feedback and it motivates us to work even more to provide great experiences! All the best from all of us at Off the Square!!

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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

We have been to Off the Square a few times and each time was excellent. Dinner here is outstanding! The crab cakes, duck and chicken were done to perfection. The sauces on these dishes so tasty and delicious. Portions are perfect. Service was fabulous-our waitress...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

We really appreciate the feedback and work hard every day to keep up the high level of experience...we welcome you back soon and of course please do let us know when visiting if there is anything we can do to further improve!

Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

We drove up from Lake Tillery and found this little gem in downtown Albemarle. We both got the slow roasted brisket with mashed potatoes and veggies. Not only was it delicious, it was also gluten free. Tender, lean and flavorful. A real home style treat....More

Thank Chet W
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

We very much appreciate the feedback and are happy to hear about your experience! We hope to welcome you back again soon! All the best from all of us at Off the Square!

Reviewed 29 June 2017

Found this nice little restaurant when I search trip advisor for a good place to eat in Albemarle. It is very nice decorated and was very clean. Our waitress did a great job and the manager came by to make sure everything was good. Our...More

Thank Carolyn H
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Dear Carolyn, thank you very much for the feedback. We are happy to hear about your experience and look forward to having you back again soon. We'd appreciate to hear any thoughts you have on how we can further improve and earn a 5-star rating...More

Reviewed 22 June 2017

This was our second visit to Off the Square. The food and service were outstanding. The Shrimp bisque is the best I have ever had and my wife had fettuccine with salmon and absolutely loved it. The salmon was absolutely fresh and superb. Michael, the...More

Thank Chris B
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

It was a pleasure to have you back with us Chris! On behalf of all of us at Off the Square, many thanks for the feedback!

Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit to Albermarle, NC. The hotel staff recommended Off the Square for a nice dinner. It was a small restaurant downtown with a warm & inviting atmosphere. We went at 5 & barely squeaked in without a reservation. Danielle was a...More

Thank blessed2death
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

We very much appreciate the feedback and are happy to hear about your experience with us!!

Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

My husband found this restaurant by chance. It is my favorite place to eat. My favorite thing is the chicken Alfredo. The slow roast is heavenly. I look for any reason to drive 45 minutes to eat here. The restaurant has minimum seating I would...More

Thank Stacey M
Reviewed 21 April 2017

After seeing Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence I couldn't wait to get my meal. The service was excellent and helpful with choosing a glass of wine to accompany my meal. I ordered one of the most expensive menu items on the Specials Menu, Veal Scallopini....More

Thank Vacation-Loca
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

I am so sorry to hear about your unsatisfactory experience. We strive to be great, however are not perfect. Rest assured we are using real veal from a very high quality source...however in spite of trying to be great and exceed expectations, we are not...More

Reviewed 12 April 2017

The space is small and there are only a few menu options since it is gourmet food. They make their dishes from local products, thus, their salads are excellent. They also change their sauces often so every time you come back you will get a...More

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Tammy E
5 May 2017|
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Response from Michael B | Property representative |
Thanks for your inquiry. We do offer takeout however we do not deliver.
28 September 2016|
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Response from Michael B | Property representative |
Hi! We are currently working towards opening for Sunday brunch in the coming months. We've had a lot of requests from our guests for this, and are aiming to start this by opening for one Sunday a month to start with to give... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Albemarle
  • Phone Number: +1 704-986-0621
  • E-mail
Off the Square is a casual upscale restaurant focused on creating an unforgettable dining experience by using local ingredients to craft gourmet cuisine from scratch. Along with our house-made appetizers, entrees, and desserts, we feature a carefully selected assortment of wines, spirits, and craft beers. We strive every day to provide courteous service and a welcoming atmosphere.

Off the Square is one of five NC restaurants that were recognized for featuring locally grown, raised, caught and made products during the second annual "Dig Into Local Best Menu NC" contest by the NC Department of Agriculture!
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